Beijing, China's cultural, architectural and political capital, finally has a hotel worthy of its Norman Foster-designed Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3, and it couldn't come soon enough.
Beijing Capital Airport finally put China on the world airport top ten list when it opened for the Olympics in 2008, but was missing one essential component... until the Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport arrived...
Prior to Langham's latest project, their second in China this year after opening The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai, you could easily have characterized China's airport hotel scene as abysmal.
That's probably why Shanghai and you'll see exactly what they're talking about.
Marketing itself as the "first lifestyle airport hotel" in Beijing (we'd say China), the experience begins with live DJ-spun music the moment you enter the lobby/art gallery. Showcased here are seasonal exhibitions curated by a local art expert from Beijing's white-hot contemporary arts scene, available for around-the-clock viewing. The gallery masterfully previews Beijing's famed 798 Art Zone, a must-see for any art fan spending time in the city.
Just a single minute from Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3 via the Langham's signature pink shuttle buses, the hotel features a long list of stylish amenities and venues for both work and play.
Among the rooms on offer: loft-style apartments with soundproofed floor-to-ceiling windows, signature Dream Big Beds, lush marble bathrooms with over-sized baths and separate rain showers, plus a host of tech trimmings such as iPod docks and Wi-Fi.
From the artful lobby and magnificent suites, the hotel's funky modern aesthetic segues directly into superb wining and dining options. Ming Court, which shares the name with its two-Michelin-star-winning sister restaurant in Hong Kong, also shares an identical menu. Tokoro (opening March 2011) is the spot for authentic Japanese, Fuel serves specialty ribs and gourmet pizzas; The Place preps global favorites in an open-kitchen; and Portal offers light fare and beverages to fresh DJ beats.
Biz travelers in need of MICE venues will find spacious floor plans, soaring ceilings and expansive picture windows making it that much easier to impress clients and partners.
If you're flying through Beijing during Christmas, help Langham spread a little Christmas cheer to Beijing's underprivileged children. In keeping with Langham's commitment to supporting the local community, the hotel is working with Beijing Capital Airport and the Magic Hospital to make this Christmas a little brighter for the city's most disadvantaged kids. Starting December 1, 2010, you can help them out by donating a new or pre-loved gift at the hotel concierge (they'll even wrap them for you!) and help make some Christmas dreams come true.
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